February 18, 2012 3:11:00 PM
The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library continues its programming on detective and mystery novels on Feb. 22. Wednesday's discussion focuses on the popular "Bones" mystery series by Mississippi author Carolyn Haines.
Haines, who was born in Lucedale, now teaches at the University of South Alabama. She has completed 12 novels in the "Bones" series and is currently working on the next mystery which is scheduled for publication later this year.
Kim Whitehead, Mississippi University for Women English professor, will lead a discussion of "Them Bones," the first mystery in Haines' Mississippi Delta series. The novel follows Sarah Booth Delaney, a failed Southern belle, as she tries to save her family plantation and ends up becoming a successful private investigator in the Delta town of Zinnia. A reader's guide to the book, including discussion questions, is available at the library in advance of the event.
"Sarah Booth Delaney -- rebellious ex-debutante, unemployed actress, and budding P.I. -- is as complex as the mystery she solves," related Dr. Whitehead. "Not only that, but the novel features people, landscapes and history that most Mississippians instantly recognize."
Following the discussion, the Table Talk audience will have an opportunity to chat with the award-winning novelist via a Skype Internet video link.
"We're delighted to have this chance to talk with Carolyn Haines," said Friends member Jo Shumake. "We hope that we'll be able to bring her to Columbus for a visit in the future."
Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for those wishing to bring their lunch and socialize before the program begins at noon. The Friends will serve iced tea.
Table Talk will be presented on Wednesdays in February at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, 314 Seventh St. N. For more information on the series, contact the Friends at [email protected]